Day At The Track

Henriette Westrum trains her first winner

04:20 AM 10 Jun 2013 NZST
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Westrum - hard at work
Henriette Westrum - and Jamie Keast
Henriette Westrum - Norwegain styles!

With a helping hand from boyfriend and training partner, Jamie Keast, Norwegian bred horsewoman Henriette (Henri) Westrum was able to capture that elusive first training success at Nelson yesterday (Sunday June 9).

Westrum, who began training on her own last season, before joining forces with Keast late last year, had five placings to her name, before Wally's Girl backed up a game second on Friday with a win at the second day of the meeting.

"Someone pinch me. I'm stoked to have that first one out of the way and have the monkey off my back," said Westrum as she celebrated with a customary cold Speights in the hand.

After her first visit to New Zealand in 2002, Westrum went back and forth between Norway and New Zealand on numerous occasions before permanently making New Zealand her home last year.

"After a bit of a struggle I finally got residency," said Westrum with a smile on her face.

As for Wally's Girl, Westrum believes her Norwegian heritage helped get the best out of the Brylin Boyz mare yesterday.

"I've put a lot of slow miles into her, just like we do back home. I believe that's important when it comes to the trotters."

"The beach work has also helped her a lot; Jamie and I recently made the move out to Amberley, and the team seems to be going a lot better since."

Westrum said that she expects Wally's Girl to keep getting better in upcoming months.

"She is still quite untapped, being by Brylin Boyz we have tried to take her along quietly and keep her nice and relaxed, as some of his progeny can get wound up easily."

Wally's Girl is owned by Westrum herself, as well as T R Hanlin and Jamie's mother Shirley Keast.

Westrum and Keast are also both highly accomplished farriers, so it was no surprise to see Wally's Girl trotting out nice and squarely on Sunday.

But their talents don't stop there either, the pair also hold a Thoroughbred training licence, and enjoyed their first success in that code with My Jungle Girl back on the 24th of May.

Shaun Anderson reins home his first winner

Henriette Westrum wasn't the only one who enjoyed their first taste of success at the Nelson meeting.

Kaikoura based driver Shaun Anderson also experienced that winning thrill for the first time after producing a plum drive to get his father's horse Highview Robyn over the line in first place.

Anderson, a mechanic by trade, indulges in harness racing as a hobby, and helps out father Grant with the horses in his spare time.

Anderson, who has been luckless at times, was having his 85th raceday drive on Friday. He had previous notched up sixteen placings without cracking a win.

By Mitchell ROBERTSON

Wally's Girls gives Henriette Westrum her first win

Highview Robyn gets the job done for Shaun Anderson

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